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Bounced from the first round

West Ranch, Hart both defeated in CIF-SS playoffs

Posted: November 13, 2008 10:55 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Two days after West Ranch won its first-ever CIF-Southern Section team tennis playoff match in history, the Wildcats' season ended Thursday, in a blowout loss to Valencia of Placentia.

West Ranch (10-3, 8-2) played some tough tennis but was no match for Valencia of Placentia in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III Girls Team Tennis Playoffs.

"It was not the prettiest one we've played," said Wildcats head coach Eric Spiecker. "That's about as bad as we've ever lost a match. We had some close matches."

On Tuesday, West Ranch beat Paso Robles in the wild card round 14-4.

West Ranch was the second-place team out of the Foothill League. It was a wild card team in the playoffs.
Valencia of Placentia, a team that won the CIF-SS Division IV championship two years in a row, are the first-place team from the Empire League.

The lone victory by West Ranch came from the sophomore No. 1 doubles team of True O'Neill and Mallory Martin. The duo won, 6-2.

O'Neill and Martin lost a separate match, 5-7. The pair was 30-1 going into the playoffs.

"I think True and Mallory have a great future," Spiecker said.

The Wildcat sister doubles team of senior Gavelyn Poonnopatam and freshman Lena Poonnopatam, lost one match in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-3).

The Poonnopatams, who played as the Nos. 2 and 3 singles players most of this season, did not hold onto a 5-4 lead. They also lost 6-3 in another match.

"We knew that they were real tough in singles," Spiecker said. "The only chance we had was in doubles."
Ana Lucia Fuentes, West Ranch's No. 1 singles player, lost 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.

Angela Garcia and Aimee Choi, both seniors, each lost their matches. Garcia lost in her No. 2 singles spot, 6-0, 6-4. Choi lost 6-0.

San Luis Obispo 14, Hart 4
Number one singles player Anne Susdorf swept all three of her singles matches Thursday, but Hart lost to the No. 1 team out of the PAC-7 League San Luis Obispo in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III Team Tennis Playoffs.

Susdorf finished team play undefeated this season. The top singles player from the Foothill League dismantled Abigail Will, the No. 1 player out of the Pac-7, 6-1.

Susdorf also blasted her other opponents 6-1, 6-0.

The Indians, the Foothill League's No. 3 team, finished their season at 10-9 (6-4).

"It was a great season," said Hart head coach Chris Mansfield. "We had six starting sophomores. They played well at the end."

The fourth win came off the rackets of Stacy Wuang and Jessica Martinez, who defeated their No. 2 doubles opponents, 6-4. The Indian duo lost 6-1, 6-2.

The No. 1 doubles team of Emily Van Houdt and Ingrid Jeldreks were swept in three matches, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. Shelly Sachdeva of Hart lost close matches at 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. Julie Lefko lost a pair of 6-1 sets. Madison Mott lost, 6-1. The No. 3 doubles team of Sam Fructuoso and Cassie Moore was also swept, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.


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